GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Δωροθεα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: do-ro-TE-a (German), dawr-ə-THEE-ə (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God" from Greek δωρον (doron) "gift" and θεος (theos) "god". The name Theodore is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
VARIANTS: Dorte, Dorthe, Dorete (Danish), Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Thea (German), Dora (Dutch), Ditte, Dorit, Ea, Tea, Thea (Danish), Ea, Tea, Thea (Norwegian), Dee, Dodie, Dolly, Dora, Dory, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Thea (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Dorotheos (Late Greek)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Dorotea, Doroteja, Dora, Tea (Croatian), Dorota (Czech), Tea, Teija, Tiia (Finnish), Dorothée (French), Dorottya, Dóra, Dorina, Dorka (Hungarian), Dorotea, Dora, Doretta (Italian), Dorotėja, Urtė (Lithuanian), Dörthe (Low German), Doroteja (Macedonian), Dorota, Dosia (Polish), Doroteia (Portuguese), Dorotéia (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Doroteja, Dora (Serbian), Dorota (Slovak), Doroteja, Tea, Teja (Slovene), Dorotea, Dora, Dorita (Spanish), Dorotea, Ea, Tea, Thea (Swedish)
USER SUBMISSIONS: Dóróthea, Dórothea

Sources & References


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Entry updated December 8, 2017